Rushton: Creativity flourishes in Auburn

And Another Thing
By: Susan Rushton
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I know you’ve heard this from me, but it bears repeating: we’re not unique. We like to think so, because nobody else looks like us. Our fingerprints are our own, our dental records are our own and our DNA is our own. Of course I mean something else when I insist we’re not unique. If I have an opinion about something, I’m not alone. Others have the same opinion. If I’m excited about something, others feel the same way. The same is true of communities. Auburn has its quirky individuals, its rabid writers of rabid letters to the editor, its funding quagmires, its development issues, its fans and its enemies of politicians. But so do other towns. But also thriving in Auburn? Take a look at the number of creative people around here. Their works and their meetings and organizations abound. I find this so exciting I can hardly stand it. Because if creative people carve out niches here, if they get together regularly and enthusiastically to share experiences and their successes and interests here, it happens everywhere. What a kick. You can’t throw a dead cat three feet but what you hit a writer, a musician, an actor or poet or painter. Let joy be unrestrained: in spite of what I see as the inhumanity of the technological revolution, the bloodlessness of silicon chips, the deadliness that’s modern television, the old-fashioned idea of creativity still thrives. Yes, the big bookstores are disappearing. Yes, the printed word you can look at on paper seems to engender sneers. Yes, people can “watch” a “movie” on a one-inch screen. But that doesn’t mean people have stopped reading. It doesn’t mean people have stopped creating and singing and telling good stories. It’s happening here. And if it happens here, it happens everywhere. I rejoice. A few examples, above and beyond the Auburn Symphony, PlacerArts, the State Theatre and Hip Hop Congress: Creative Communications, organized by screenwriter Ron Montana and A BookXChange owner Louis Borelli, meets on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the back room at Depoe Bay. Borelli’s e-mail: Not everyone who attends is an author, but many are, and they all have their stories. Local authors and those interested in their works have a forum and the opportunity to discuss their stories. Who are they, how did they get published, what’s in their books, what advice do they have for novices? And this weekend and next, Music and More presents the theatrical adaptation of the novel “Chasing Moonshine,” by James Van Eaton and Raymond Johnson. Van Eaton is co-owner of Winston Smith bookstore in downtown Auburn. Johnson lives in Lincoln. Michelle Coder adapted the book. Log on to to find out more. Steve Kirwan at Placer Computers has created the website – it’s new and it’s available for authors to submit their list of works and who they are and why they write. Check it out. I haven’t added myself to it yet, but I will. I’ve been busy. Finally, I hope you’ve heard about the writing workshop “Writing & Reciting,” held from 4-6 p.m. on Thursdays at the Auburn Library. The flyer I have says it “explores writing and spoken word as a tool for healing and personal growth.” It’s an event for teens and young adults. I told Sophie Cruno, Youth Services Librarian, that I’d heard wonderful things about it. Her face changed the way I know mine does when I talk about something I love. She’s very happy: the activity’s a success and the teens are creating terrific stuff. Look for the yellow bookmark the next time you’re in the Library, or go online to Departments/Library.aspx and click on the link for more information. Now look: we’re both at the end. There’s more, but I’ve run out of room. Ain’t it great? I hope you’re as thrilled as I am. Even better: we’re not unique! Susan Rushton’s column appears every other Sunday in the Auburn Journal. Her e-mail address is